Everyone in America – no matter your race, where you were born, or how much money you have – should have guaranteed access to quality, affordable healthcare and long term care. And healthcare jobs should be good, union jobs.
What's at Stake
President Trump has vowed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. The Trump administration:
- Tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is seeking to invalidate it in court, which would strip an estimated 23 million Americans of their health insurance.
- Has taken steps to weaken the ACA, driving up the cost of coverage, has undermined protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and made it harder for people to access care.
- Attacked health coverage for immigrants, rolled back important protections against discrimination for the LGBTQ community, and cut access to birth control.
- Allowed insurance companies to offer “junk plans” that can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
- Has taken away coverage from low-income Americans by adding barriers to getting Medicaid coverage and proposed more radical reductions to Medicaid overall.
- Proposed cutting funding for Medicare.
- Opposed legislation requiring the government to negotiate the cost of brand name drugs that don’t have a generic equivalent or other competition.
We need a president who will expand access to affordable healthcare, make long-term care more affordable and accessible, and support the creation and expansion of good union jobs for healthcare workers so they can deliver quality services.
Joe Biden championed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and, as Vice President, helped build support for passage in Congress. As President, he has pledged to:
- Build on the ACA to expand access to affordable coverage, offer alternatives to employer-sponsored health insurance and create a public option that will include at least one plan with no deductible.
- Expand funding for home and community-based services that allow older Americans and people with disabilities to remain in their homes.
- Take steps to build a strong home care workforce by increasing pay and benefits and ensuring that home care providers can come together in a union.
- Ensure no family would have to spend more than 8.5% of their income on health insurance premiums by lifting the current cap on tax credits.
- Make prescriptions more affordable by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies and allowing consumers to purchase drugs from other countries.
- Prevent insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
- Support unions for all healthcare workers.